Connecticut College Outlasts Men's Basketball

Connecticut College Outlasts Men's Basketball

THE BASICS

-Score: Connecticut College 79, Clark University 68

-Records: Clark University (2-3), Connecticut College (3-2)

-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)

-The Lead: The Clark University Men's Basketball team fell to the visiting Camels of Connecticut College on Tuesday evening. Senior John Pisacreta (Andover, Mass.) led all players with 25 points on the night and junior Luca McCormick (Fort Lauderdale, Mass.) posted a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Cougars.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half

-Connecticut College won the tip-off, but the Clark defense started strong and it was the Cougars who got on the board first as McCormick put up a three with one second on the shot clock and Pisacreta grabbed his rebound and put it back up for the 2-0 lead.

-The Camels responded with a layup from freshman Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) the next time down the court to tie the game at 2-2 just 1:20 into play.

-The visitors took their first lead of the game off of a three pointer from David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) (5-4). They extended their lead to eight with 12:38 on the clock following a 3-0 run highlighted by seven points from sophomore guard, Jason Bird (Raynham, Mass.). Bird knocked down two layups and a three-pointer to give the visitors a 21-13 lead.

-A layup and three-pointer from McCormick brought the Cougars back within three points (21-18) and freshman Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) closed the gap to two as he stepped behind the arc to drain a three on the next Cougar possession.

-The Camels held onto their lead until the 4:06 mark when McCormick knocked down a three for the 32-31 Clark lead.

-Connecticut College responded with a three-pointer of their own from Bird and a jumper from Labossiere (36-32).

-With one minute to play in the first the Cougars forced a Connecticut College turnover and converted it into two points on a layup from Pisacreta to claim a 38-36 lead. Pisacreta notched three more with 43 seconds on the clock to give the Cougars the 41-39 edge heading into the halftime break.

Second Half

-Clark opened up the second half strong as freshman Anthony Grzembski (Webster, Mass.) found Pisacreta in the corner for a good three-pointer. The Cougars then forced a turnover by the Camels and converted it into three more points and McCormick found Pisacreta in the opposite corner for another good basket from behind the arc and the 47-39 lead.

-At the 18:10 mark junior Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.)  knocked down a basket from behind the arc and Connecticut College called a timeout as they trailed by five (47-42). Out of the timeout the visitors found Leotsakos again from three to close the Cougars lead to two with 17:20 to play (47-45).

-Following a full timeout from the home team, the Camels kept their momentum and extended their run to 3-0 tying the game at 47-47 on two more points from Leotsakos.

-McCormick and junior Adam Converse (Woodstock, Conn.) added three from the free throw line for Clark to extend their lead to 57-42.

-The Camels went on a 3-0 run highlighted by a dunk from Draffan and a layup from Brid to reclaim the lead, 54-52 with 12:11 to play and forced a Clark timeout.

-They extended their lead to six points at the 8:52 mark (61-55), but back to back buckets from Gayman brought the Cougars within two, 61-59 with 6:14 to play. Just two minutes later two made free throws from Pisacreta tied the game at 63-63.

-Sophomore Ben Bagnoli (East Haven, Conn.) and Bird knocked down back to back three-pointers to take a 69-63 lead and forced Clark to call a timeout with 3:22 on the clock.

-With just 2:04 to play the Camels extended their run to 6-0 and took their largest lead of the game, 77-63.

-Grzembski was able to knock down one more three and freshman Parker Freedman (Bourne, Mass.) knocked down a last minute jumper for the Cougars but Connecticut College took the ultimate 79-68 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Pisacreta led all scorers with 25 points while McCormick posted a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds for Clark.

-Bird led the visitors with 24 points and Labossiere posted a double –double with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Camels to victory.

-The Cougars were 8-for-11 at the free throw line for a 72.7% over the Camel's 56.3% performance at the line.

-Connecticut College outshot Clark from field goal range, 54.5% to 39.1% and just out rebounded the Cougars 36-34.

-The Camels forced 17 Clark turnovers and converted 25 points from them.

-Clark forced the Camels to turn the ball over 15 times and added 14 points off of those steals.

UP NEXT

-Clark travels to cross-town rival, Becker College, on Thursday, November 30th for a non-conference match-up with the Hawks.

-The Camels are at Saint Joseph's in Long Island, N.Y. on the same day at 7:30 p.m.